Dr. Lindsay Usher is an associate professor of Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies. She is a graduate of Penn State University (M.S. and Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management) and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. in Recreation Administration and Dramatic Art). Her research interests include surf culture and tourism, as well as resilience and sustainability in the coastal tourism industry. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 2006 to 2008 working as an ecotourism facilitator.
Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University, (2013)
M.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University, (2010)
B.A. in Recreation Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (2004)
Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research
- Plag, H., Nelson, M. L., Behr, J. G., Padilla, J., Yusuf, J., Covi, M., Diallo, S. Y., Earnest, D. C., Usher, L. and Wang, J. "CyberSEES Type 2: Collaborative Research: Integrated Knowledge Base and Virtual Stakeholder Table for Participatory Governance of Sustainable Communities" $666,760. Federal. -
surf and coastal tourism, sustainable tourism
- Usher, L. and Kerstetter, D. L. (2015). Re-defining localism: An ethnography of human territoriality in the surf. International Journal of Tourism Anthropology 4 (3) , pp. 286-302.
- Usher, L., Goff, J. and Gomez, E. (2015). Exploring surfers’ perceptions of municipal regulations using grounded theory. Annals of Leisure Research.
- Usher, L. and Deborah, K. (2015). "Surfistas locales": Transnationalism and the construction of surfer identity in Nicaragua. Journal of Sport and Social Issues.
- Usher, L. and Kerstetter, D. L. (2014). Residents' perceptions of quality of life in a surf tourism destination: A case study of Las Salinas, Nicaragua. Progress in Development Studies 14 (4) , pp. 321-333.